The Great Gate At Kiev - Solo Guitar Arrangement

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TGNeil
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Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:32 am

I mentioned last week I was spending some time listening to various versions of Pictures At An Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, including a ridiculous version by Kazuhito Yamashita. I thought I would do a couple of the pieces but try to make them more accessible to the real world. Here is my first arrangement, the finale.


Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition entered my teenage world with Emerson, Lake & Palmer's live recording from their early days. I remember buying a copy of the original piano score which has followed me around for years. I recently thought I would work on a solo arrangement of a bit of it. The finale was particularly appropriate for the guitar (well, at least some of it) and here is the result.

There are a couple different sections, starting with the main theme, which is very accessible to the guitar. It then moves into a slightly spacey series of chords before blasting into a cascading section which includes the main theme in the bass, underneath what are really scale exercises. This part is particularly challenging, and can be omitted, as explained in the lesson.



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Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:36 pm

Neil

Is there anything you can't play ?

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Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:46 pm

Hey Dermot,

I appreciate the vote of confidence but I am pretty sure that I could not do what Kazuhito Yamashita did.

Neil


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